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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 12 2014, @08:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-will-not-be-controversial-oh-no-sir dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

"Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post has 'A message to the nation's women: Stop trying to be straight-A students.'

In her analysis of others' findings, she writes of a discouragement gradient that pushes women out of harder college degrees, including economics and other STEM degrees. Men do not seem to have a similar discouragement gradient, so they stay in harder degree programs and ultimately earn more. Data suggests that women might also value high grades more than men do and sort themselves into fields where grading curves are more lenient.

'Maybe women just don't want to get things wrong,' Goldin hypothesized. 'They don't want to walk around being a B-minus student in something. They want to find something they can be an A student in. They want something where the professor will pat them on the back and say "You're doing so well!"'

'Guys,' she added, 'don't seem to give two damns.'

Why are women in college moving away from harder degrees?"

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:57PM

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:57PM (#15566)

    I can pretend to be a soft sciences dude and make some stuff up.

    How about it starts much younger when "good girls do their homework and get A grades" therefore a girl getting a B a decade later is not a good girl and doesn't like feeling that way. Of course you get an "A" in womens studies merely for showing up on time, and female, so... In comparison "boys will be boys" so rebelling against studying and doing homework is just building character and merely indicates youthful vigor, its just a stage of personal growth, so the boy gets the same B and his attitude is "who cares, I'll be making $75K in 2 years no matter if its an A or a C-".

    There is probably an extreme correlation between high grade achievers and MMORPG grind games, and I'd theorize that this correlation would imply there are more male victims of grind game addiction than female after adjusting for demographics etc.

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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:10PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @10:10PM (#15579)

    To be fair, I'm male and I think I got an A just for showing up to Race/Class/Gender...granted, I was one of the 5 in the class of 20 who actually demonstrated they were listening to the prof ranting, but I'm not convinced that actually had any bearing on my final grade.

    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"